On Friday, October 25, ENC had the honor of hosting three events with Fulbright Scholar Dr.
Kendra Reynolds. Dr. Reynolds is originally from Northern Ireland and currently in residence at
Tulsa Community College in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dr. Reynolds has a focus on Eco-Feminism and
Anti-Tales, both of which she talked about in different discussions on the 25.
The Fulbright Scholarship is a program for undergraduate and graduate students. Recent graduates who have under five years of experience in their chosen field may be considered. The Fulbright Scholarship is a prestigious program.
The first discussion was at 11:30 in the President’s Dining Room and focused on Eco-Feminism. “She gave a pretty short overview of what Eco-Feminism is,” said Emma McDonald, who was at the attendance of
the lunch discussion. “It was about how women are compared animals and nature,” McDonald
explained. “I wish she had more time to talk about it. I would like to know more about it.”
Discussions in the PDR are 15 minutes of the speaker talking and then a 45 minute question and answer session, which explains why the audience was left wanting more.
The second event Dr. Reynolds was a part of was a lecture-based discussion on Anti-tales,
which was at 3:00 pm in the Blackbox Theatre at the Cove Fine Arts Center. Anti-Tales are
similar to fairy tales, but often have darker themes, as well as an ending that is more open. Dr.
Reynolds used Maleficent, and Into the Woods as examples of the Anti-Tale. Another point she
made, is “that Anti-tales have stories that are less black and white, the sides are harder to
distinguish, and often show us another side of the story that we may not have seen or thought of
The final event Dr. Reynolds was on the 25 as apart of the Irish history pre-show panel
before Titanic the Musical. She, being from Northern Ireland, had many experiences that
differed greatly from the other panelist, who was merely from Dublin. Northern Ireland has had
tension between Irish Catholic and Protestant worship in the past.
She had many stories of how growing up in a split household between the two denominations,
affected her childhood. She also spoke of how seeing the Musical as an Irish person, affected
her viewing experience.
For more information on Reynolds, visit the Tulsa Community College’s
website to keep up to date with the Fulbright scholar.